Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 13, 2016

“The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 16:18-33.

“18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
19 It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He who gives attention to the word will find good,
And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
21 The wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,
But the discipline of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth
And adds persuasiveness to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
26 A worker’s appetite works for him,
For his hunger urges him on.
27 A worthless man digs up evil,
While his words are like scorching fire.
28 A perverse man spreads strife,
And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
29 A man of violence entices his neighbor
And leads him in a way that is not good.
30 He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things;
He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
31 A gray head is a crown of glory;
It is found in the way of righteousness.
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
But its every decision is from the Lord.”  Proverbs 16:18-33.

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We may flip a coin, so to speak, to let the apparent randomness make a decision for us similar to the purpose of casting a lot, but the LORD is sovereign over every move of the coin and every move of the lot and every decision.

And, even when we deliberately choose thinking our alleged free-will is in control, the LORD is sovereign, not our alleged free-will.

“The mind of man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9.

“The plans of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.”  Proverbs 16:1.

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.”  Psalm 37:23.

Other doctrine trusts in its alleged free-will and wisdom to make the right decision.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts in the LORD and His sovereignty to make the right decision.

“He who gives attention to the word will find good,
And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.”  Verse 20.

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